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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Change Begins with You. Be the Change You Want to See.

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The world needs people like you to make a difference in the health and sustainability of your community. At Lenoir-Rhyne, we want to help you enhance wellness at all levels.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s MPH program is one of five CEPH-accredited programs in North Carolina and is the only private university in the state with a fully accredited MPH program.

After completing 42-credit hours with a concentration in community health, you will be able to promote lasting change in the population as you transform the lives of others. Our graduates serve in a variety of public health fields, including public health research, policy or practice, health education, clinical medicine and the academic setting.

Lead as a Public Health Innovator

Build your path toward an MPH with a variety of course offerings, talented faculty, unmatched research opportunities and immersive, hands-on experiences. Lenoir-Rhyne’s MPH program will provide you with the education and experience needed to become a leader in the public health field.

  • 100% online
  • Community health concentration
  • Extensive field experience opportunities
  • Take classes at your own pace, part-time or full-time
  • GRE/MAT waiver possible
  • Quick admission decision
  • Nationally-accredited

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Influence Healthier Communities

Public health is an exciting and growing field of study where individuals work to protect and improve the health of communities and populations through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and sustained environmental changes through assessing and monitoring health, developing policy and assuring society has access to appropriate and cost-effective care.

Public health professionals analyze the effects on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs designed to enhance individual and community health at the local, national, and//or international levels. The profession is necessarily interdisciplinary by nature: public health professionals are found in education, journalism and mass communication, research, business, environmental science, nursing, social work, laboratory science, law and many other areas.

Program Highlights

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Curriculum & Applied Learning

You will complete courses and applied learning experiences related to biostatistics, epidemiology, health-program planning, health administration, policy implementation and evaluation, environmental health, health communication and informatics, diversity, and research methodologies, among others. All students complete an extensive field experience. Learn more about program requirements.

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Focus on Health Assessment

Through seminar settings and other educational experiences focused on close mentoring and collaborative learning models, you develop the necessary competencies to become a successful professional. Special focus is given to health assessment with local, regional, and global comparisons; health policy and programs for improving health status; and change leadership for better health and wellness.

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Program Accreditation

The Master of Public Health degree requires 42-credit hours for graduation. As such, it aligns with the accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation standards set expectations about essential elements for educational quality. They are created through a consensus process that calls for input from educators, students, practitioners, regulators and the general public.


Dietetic Internship to MPH Pathway

Students who successfully complete their Dietetic Internship through Lenoir-Rhyne, which focuses on child obesity prevention, may apply nine credits toward their Master of Public Health degree.

Completion of the internship allows students to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) certification exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Combining this opportunity with the MPH degree furnishes graduates with exceptional professional preparation.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for summer and fall terms. Learn more about our admission requirements, including application deadlines and required application materials.

Financial Aid & Tuition

At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we believe that you should have the opportunity to achieve your higher education goals. Enrollment counselors are available through our Admission Office to help you find and apply for financial aid assistance.

Lenoir-Rhyne is competitively priced and we work with you on payment plans to make the investment in your education affordable and to fit within your budget.

Tuition costs are based on the number of credit hours you are enrolled during each term. For graduate program tuition costs visit our Financial Aid and Tuition section.

Lenoir-Rhyne is supported by many community partners who offer discounts and benefits to our students. A complete list can be found on the Community Partners page.

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Courtney Brown

The MPH program helped me feel confident and comfortable pursuing different options in my field. Getting your MPH will help you look at the world in a different way. No matter what industry you’re in, this will help you. Health is a business as well, and MPH can only build on that.”
—Courtney Brown MPH’18

Take the Next Step

Achieve your personal and career goals. Enroll in the master of public health program at Lenoir-Rhyne where your ambition and dedication will prepare you for what's next. Our enrollment counselors are here to help you explore your options and advance your career.



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Program Contact

Dr. Randall Bergman
Associate Professor of Public Health